The Breeders’ “Nervous Mary” is an impassioned anthem with a classic sound

The Breeders | Photo by Marisa Gesualdi

Iconic alt-rockers The Breeders brought their almost decade-long recording hiatus to an end recently with the news that they’d be releasing a new full-length album this spring — All Nerve, out March 2, is the band’s first LP since 2008’s Mountain Battles. Now, the band has shared another single from the forthcoming album, following first single “Wait in the Car” and title track “All Nerve,” an XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week in January. Continue reading →


Watch Courtney Barnett cover The Breeders’ “Cannonball”

Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |
Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |

After the release of her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, in 2013, Courtney Barnett has been gathering quite a following. Pitchfork commended the Australian artist for her witty lyrics and a personality that gives her music a backbone, and she appeared in a great interview on NPR’s World Cafe as well.

Most recently, The A.V. Club released a video of Courtney Barnett doing an amazing cover of The Breeders’ “Cannonball” for their A.V. Undercover segment. Continue reading →


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Sleepy Hollow, The National, Peter Murphy)

market east

Market East shared a new song called “To Walk With You” ahead of the release of Children of Summer, out May 27th [link]

The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival line-up is jam packed with sets by Richard Thompson, Toy Soldiers, Black Prairie and more [link]

Alo Brasil brought tropical sounds and rhythms to their Key Studio Session earlier this week [link]

The National debuted the first video for their upcoming LP with the song “Sea of Love” [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured San Francisco’s John Murry and his deeply personal song “Southern Sky” [link]

Get ready for tonight’s Peter Murphy show at The Trocadero with a video-playlist of five songs we hope he plays [link]

The Swollen Fox and WXPN have announced a show with The Districts, Goodnight, Texas and Satellite Hearts on 7/19 [link]

Sunday morning marked Keith Brand’s final Sleepy Hollow show on XPN; listen back to the full broadcast [link] and check out the song he chose to close out his 27-year run [link]

In a special Folkadelphia Session, we meet Nadia Sirota and Valgeir Sigurdsson and a mix of reinterpretations and original material [link]

Download a 44-track mixtape from 100 Years of Solid Dudes featuring samples of Elvis Costello, Bowie and more [link]

Get a glimpse inside The Breeders‘ Sunday night show at The Trocadero with a photo recap and set list [link]


Photo recap, set list: The Breeders and Tweens at the Trocadero

The Breeders and Cincinati garage punk rockers Tweens played a sold out show at the Trocadero last night. The Breeders played its 1993 second album Last Splash in its entirety, along with a couple of covers including The Beatles’ “Happiness Is A Warm Gun,” and Guided By Voices’ “Shocker In Gloomtown.”

Check out the photos of the show by Chris Sikich; check out his website here.

Set list (via
Last Splash
New Year
Invisible Man
No Aloha
Do You Love Me Now?
I Just Wanna Get Along
Mad Lucas
Divine Hammer
Drivin’ On 9
Roi (Reprise)

Shocker in Gloomtown
(Guided by Voices cover)
Head To Toe
Happiness Is a Warm Gun
(The Beatles cover)
Lime House
Don’t Call Home


Just Announced: The Breeders bring their Last Splash XX tour to The Trocadero on 5/5

Alt-rock band The Breeders have announced a world tour to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their 1993 sophomore record Last Splash.  The album charted at #33 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart upon its release and subsequently went platinum in 1994.  Originally the side project of Pixies bass player Kim Deal, The Breeders became a full-time gig in 1993 when The Pixies broke up.  Most recently the band released the Fate to Fatal EP, featuring guest vocals by Mark Lanegan and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Chances Are.”  Tickets for The Breeders’ show at The Trocadero on May 5th will go on sale this Friday, February 8th, at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch the video for “Cannonball” from Last Splash directed by Spike Jonze and Kim Gordon.